As the non-profit group that runs the MexiCali Biennial describes it, "The cannibal is a creature that threatens the collapse of identity and ethics, and instills anarchy in the social order" and "can change our relationship with art, and perhaps with the world itself."
Cannibalism is the theme for the latest biennial. That's more than two dozen artists taking, consuming, and gaining the power of the thing or the person consumed.
We talked with curators Ed Gomez, Luis Hernandez, and Amy Pederson about the show, which includes work by Fred Alvarado, Natalia Anciso, Marycarmen Arroyo Macias, Ana Baranda, Juan Bastardo, Sergio Bromberg, Helen Cahng, Matthew Carter, Carolyn Castaño, Enrique Castrejon, Tony de los Reyes, Deborah Diehl & Arzu Arda Kosar, Dino Dinco and Rafa Esparza, Veronica Duarte, Roni Feldman, Kio Griffith & Carmina Escobar, Zoè Gruni, HELL- (0) featuring: Michael Dee, Martin Durazo and Ichiro Irie, Daniel Lara, Candice Lin, Juan Luna-Avin, Matt MacFarland, Dominic Paul Miller, Flavia Monteiro, Nancy Popp, Peter Bo Rappmund, Christopher Reynolds, Cindy Santos Bravo, and Fidelius X.
The Vincent Price Art Museum is at East LA College, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099. The MexiCali Biennial is showing through April 13.